The elementary-aged child wants to know everything. His natural tendency to explore is well-served by the concept of Cosmic Education, a Montessori cornerstone which demonstrates how everything in the universe is interrelated. Whether the tiniest molecule or the largest organism ever created, Cosmic Education explains that everything has a part to play – a contribution to make towards the maintenance of harmony as a whole.
Montessori elementary education speaks to a child´s imagination and sets her off on a lifelong voyage of discovery. So begins one version of “The Story of the Universe”, the first of five stories known as the Great Lessons. These lessons are a connected series of stories spanning the enormous historical frame of time and space, from which emanate the details of the disciplines of science, mathematics, social studies and language.
At the elementary level, continued sensorial exploration with geometry materials leads to the abstraction of theorems and formulas. Geometry is closely interrelated with mathematics through its visual representation of the relationships and logic of mathematical processes. It also provides the basis for the study of architecture and design.
- THE STORY OF GEOMETRY
- PRELIMINARY EXERCISES
- CONGRUENT – SIMILAR – EQUIVALENT
- INTRODUCTION TO POLYGONS
- POLYGONS AND CIRCLES
- SOLID GEOMETRY
The materials simultaneously reveal arithmetic, geometric, and algebraic correlations. These correlations are more fully extracted and articulated at the elementary level as the child moves toward abstraction through a series of carefully constructed steps.
- INTRODUCTION: GREAT LESSON, THE STORY OF NUMBERS
- BASIC MATH
- EARLY WORK: CONCEPTS, PROPERTIES, NUMERATION
- OPERATIONS: FIRST WORK
- DECIMALS AND FRACTIONS
- OPERATIONS CONTINUED
- NEGATIVE NUMBERS
- POWER OF NUMBERS
- OTHER BASE SYSTEMS
- WORD PROBLEMS
- INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA
The elementary child discovers the powerful role of written language in the development of human civilization. Language becomes a major tool for both exploration and expression through research and oral and written presentations. Continued study of grammar and syntax is integrated with the study of literature and style.
- HISTORY OF LANGUAGE
- GRAMMAR AND SYNTAX
- WRITTEN LANGUAGE (COMPOSITION)
- SPOKEN LANGUAGE
- NTERPRETIVE READING
SCIENCES AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
An ecological perspective highlights the interrelationships of the earth, its flora and fauna, and human life. The child discovers the richly varied way in which people meet the same basic needs in relation to differences in topography, climate, and natural resources. This study is expanded at the elementary level to explore the relationships among living and non-living elements, with a focus on connections and functions. The evolution of human societies is examined as part of the whole unfolding of life on earth.
- NATURAL HISTORY
- THE LINEAR MEASUREMENT OF TIME
- WRITTEN HISTORY
- WORLD MAPS, LAND AND WATER FORMS
- THE BEGINNING
- THE NATURE OF THE ELEMENTS
- SUN AND EARTH
- THE WORK OF AIR
- THE WORK OF WATER
- ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY
- VISUAL ART
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